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5 Random Things About Andrew Jackson

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What do people do more than anything else during the holidays? That’s right, spend money. So here are 5 random facts about the man on the face of the most popular piece of paper in America. Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1767 on the border between North and South Carolina. Although his exact birthplace is unknown, legend has it that he was born in a cabin just on the South Carolina side of the border. Andrew Jackson was an able military commander. Jackson was able to win the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812, with a smaller force than the British had. His actions in the First Seminole War, and his later occupation of Pensacola, Florida, would lead Spain to cede its claim on Florida in 1821. His toughness on the battlefield led his soldiers to nickname him Old Hickory. Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States. However, he ran for president in 1824, and was almost the sixth president. In a hotly contested election that had four candidates, Jackson won the popular vote, and had a plurality in the Electoral College, but he did not have a majority. As such, the…

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6 Presidents More Radical Than Donald Trump

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“President Trump is the most radical man ever to occupy the Oval Office.” This is the sort of statement I would expect to see from the masses that huddle around The Blaze for “news”. So it was a little unsettling to read these words in the Wall Street Journal.  Now, I know the WSJ leans a little right of center, and Liz Cheney’s background speaks for itself, but I would have thought the editors would do a little fact-checking before issuing a presidential superlative. Only history can dictate whether a president is “the most [fill in the blank] of all time”. Take the lesson of Harry Truman, who was so universally disliked by the end of  his 2nd term that the media invented approval ratings just to show how much the public hated him. Yet less than 5 years later, his legacy was nearly completely rehabilitated, and in 2016, both the Clinton and Trump campaigns lauded Truman’s accomplishments and spoke to their respective bases of imitating Mr. Truman. To me, it’s disappointing to see a major news organization publish such divisive rhetoric, especially considering the two most radical things Trump has done is 1) be black, and 2) say out…

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Are We Living in a New Gilded Age?

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The late 19th century was a pivotal time in American history, and is remembered as a time of prosperity and expansion despite the fact that the Civil War had just devastated the country. On the contrary, it was a contentious time period, with struggles between the rich and the poor, European “natives” vs. minorities and immigrants, and overall struggles for power and wealth. Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner gave the time period it’s name in their 1873 novel The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, which is a story of greed, power, and corruption. They chose the term “Gilded Age” as gilding is the technique of applying gold leaf to wood, stone, or another, less valuable metal in order to give it a golden appearance. Twain and Warner felt that on the surface, the late 19th century appeared to be a golden age in America, but the truth was hidden just below the surface. So, in what ways were the late 19th century similar to the late 20th/early 21st century? Spread of Industry Then: The late 19th century was marked by a rapid expansion of industry. This expansion created the modern industrial economy and gave rise to the dominance of the corporation….

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5 Random Things About the U.S. Census

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I received my Census questionnaire this past Tuesday and I was expecting to see an invasive form asking me for all kinds of personal info, like sperm count, average bowling score, hygiene habits, etc. Boy was I surprised when I received my Census and the most invasive question asked was, “What is your telephone number?”  A Marxist state ! With all the fear-mongering going around about how the Census is a government attempt to setup a Marxist state, I figured it was time to step in and put forth a few facts about the Census. Whether or not you choose to fill it out is up to you, but you should have the facts, and not just a bunch of false statements from talking heads on a soapbox. The Census has been around since 1790. The government has been collecting micro-data, individual records that contain information collected about each person and housing unit, since 1850. Because of Title 44 of the U.S. Code, Census identifying data remains private for 72 years. This means that this year’s Census results identifying information will remain private until 2082. The Supreme Court determined that no government agency, not even the FBI or IRS, has a right to…

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Mysterious Floating City in China: Real or Hoax?

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In 2015 and 2017 people of Jiangxi and Foshan of China claimed that they saw a mysterious floating city high in dense clouds. Is it real or a hoax? A short video gone viral on internet on this mysterious floating city. There are many conspiracy theories around it. Is Floating City Real or a Hoax? It could be an apparition or mirage called fata morgana. In short it could be an optical illusion. Due to various atmospheric temperatures light bends differently in different temperatures creating mirage below or above horizon called inferior mirage and superior mirage respectively. In this case it’s superior mirage, but fata morgana occurs just close to the horizon. But this floating city appeared thousands of feet from the surface which is obviously not possible. Even if the mirage is true, how come surface objects turn into giant metropolis? Probably NASA is experimenting on how people react to giant hologram projection as part of Project Blue Beam. NASA has plans to use this hologram image projection to simulate arrival of aliens or second coming of Christ. But, there is no authentic information on this. These days we are all hearing multiverse or parallel universe theories. So some…

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